The Minnesota Twins should go after former Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell for their open pitching coach position.
The front office of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine are going down a checklist for the Minnesota Twins. They recently put a check in the box for manager for the next few years when they gave Paul Molitor a three-year extension. During that check, the Twins, seemingly, made Molitor give up pitching coach Neil Allen and now that’s where this all gets interesting.
The Boston Red Sox recently fired their manager John Farrell. A quick recap of Farrell’s managerial career with Boston showcases the team’s World Series victory in his first season as manager in 2013 and three American League East crowns including the last two seasons. Farrell was fired due to the Red Sox not being able to advance past the Divisional Series the past couple of seasons. Before that Farrell was the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays for two seasons and before that he was the pitching coach for the Red Sox for four seasons from 2007-2010.
Yes, Farrell was a pitching coach. As a pitching coach, Farrell also won a World Series with the Red Sox. Farrell has a good chunk of experience in the job at a very high level.
Better yet for Twins fans is that Farrell was the pitching coach under Terry Francona in Boston. Francona, of course, now is the manager of the Cleveland Indians which is the team that Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey came from. Word is that Falvey and Francona are friendly and enjoyed working with each other. The pipeline to get Farrell to the Twins is clearly there.
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In my mind, there is never too much managerial experience a team can have on their bench. Molitor is clearly the man, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a right-hand man that can help you and advise you through situations all season long? It’s intimidating for a manager to have a former manager on the staff, but I truly think that Farrell could bring a playoff experience to the team that is very important.
Here’s some real talk: Farrell probably won’t come to Minnesota. Farrell will be getting paychecks for this season from Boston, so he doesn’t really have to work if he doesn’t want to. His son is in the big leagues now and Farrell might want to see his son play some major league ball. Also, Farrell will probably be able to grab an open managerial position elsewhere in the league.
Even though it is a long shot, the conversation should be had. You don’t know unless you ask.